The Kentucky Wildcats have their first SEC award winner of the new season.
On Monday, the league announced that Keldon Johnson was the SEC Freshman of the Week. Johnson led the Wildcats in scoring at 20 points per game while also grabbing 7.0 boards per contest in wins over the Winthrop Eagles and Tennessee State Tigers.
Johnson’s performance against the Tigers quietly included one of the best free-throw performances by a freshman in the John Calipari era. Johnson got 27 points on 7/15 shooting from the floor and hit 13 free throws, which tied for the second most of any Calipari-coached player at UK and the most since De’Aaron Fox made the same number against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament in 2017.
Kentucky has won more weekly SEC honors (90) than any other school during the Calipari era, including 72 SEC Freshman of the Week honors and 18 SEC Player of the Week awards.